Organisms, Objects, and Events
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.
The student develops abilities to ask questions and seek answers in classroom and outdoor investigations.
What is Inquiry Science Teaching? BioEd Online (video) – Nancy Moreno, PhD, explains how to use questions and investigations to guide your students' science learning.
It’s Time for More Early Childhood Science: National Science Teachers Association (website) - Primary age students are naturally inquisitive and uninhibited by science content, the perfect age to begin teaching science.
Need or Want: BioEd Online (website) – The students ask questions as they learn to distinguish between the basic survival requirements of human beings ("needs") and things that are not essential for life ("wants").
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Are You a Frog? Teachers.net (website) – Students will compare themselves to a frog based on own observations after they are guided to ask as many questions as they can based on their observations.
Grow Tree Seedlings: Kindergarten-lessons.com (website) - Scroll down to the second experiment. Students ask questions as they gather seeds and grow 2 or 3 plants and observe and record their growth.
3, 2, 1 Lift Off - Simple Rocket Science, Activity 4 page 21-24: NASA (PDF) - Ask questions and perform a simple science experiment to show how rockets work.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Make Clean Water: Kindergarten-lessons.com (website) Students ask and answer questions as they turn dirty muddy water into clean water by filtering it through gravel and sand.
Animals’ Needs: BioEd Online (website) – Ask questions as you observe and compare candy “gummy worms” to live worms. They create worm terrariums and examine evidence that a worm is a living organism that has basic needs, including air, water, food and a place to be.
Have students take a look at 5 objects in their own room and another 5 objects or products from the kitchen at home. Tell them to make a list asking themselves if each object or product is basic for survival “need” or not essential to keep them alive “want.”
Scientists Ask Questions, Garrett, Ginger, ISBN-13: 978-0516246628
What is Science?, Dotlich, Rebecca Kai, ISBN-13: 978-0805073942
The Kids’ Book of Questions, Stock, Gregory, ISBN-13: 978-0761135951
How to Teach Science Activities: Kindergarten-lesson.com (website) – This article describes simple teaching techniques which can engage and motivate students in science education and activities.
Needs of Plants: BioEd Online (website) - Ask questions and make observations as you rrow radish seeds and learn about the needs of a plant and its life cycle.